The other day The New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov wrote an article titled Summer’s Winners: 20 Wines for $20Montenidoli’s 2011 Vernaccia Tradizionale was selected to that list, being described as having “depth, presence and texture.” At TWH, we often tell people that Montenidoli’s Vernaccia Tradizionale is a white wine that drinks more like a red wine. Because it is vinified in a traditional way -hence the name- by leaving the skins on for an extended time during fermentation, what emerges is a full-flavored, structured wine. Elisabetta Fagiuoli, legendary winemaker at Montenidoli, suggests pairing her Tradizionale with olive oil-based dishes like those found in cuisines along the Mediterranean. It is this attribute that makes the Tradizionale an especially perfect choice for Memorial Day weekend cook-outs. Kebabs, salmon, fava beans, spring garlic and onions, asparagus, really anything fresh and seasonal, grilled and then drizzled in green-gold olive oil will prove an epic feast when served along with the 2011 Vernaccia Tradizionale


TWH team with Elisabetta at Piccino in Dogpatch, February 2012.

TWH has been importing the wines of Montenidoli for a long time now. Elisabetta Fagiuoli was introduced to us by a mutual friend and colleague from Burgundy.Though Montenidoli’s reputation for making superior wines was well known to us, it was only after meeting Elisabetta in person that we fully understood the magnificence of Montenidoli’s wines. We have made many attempts to relay our enthusiasm for Montenidoli to our customers but some times it takes an outside source to drive the point home. Thanks due to a wonderful series called Ask a Winemaker, you can witness first hand how knowing this winemaker gives deeper meaning to her wines. If you have two minutes to spare, please watch this short video of Elisabetta describing the different styles of Vernaccia she makes. And if you enjoyed that, also watch this.